MY NEW HOME – MY NEW SOFA

 

Over the years I have learned that comfort sometimes comes before beauty. Now don’t get a big fright, I am not saying that I will only be walking around in a track suit or never will wear heels again. I am saying that a comfortable place for couch surfing was missing in my previous home and I was desperate for a change.

You might know this name from client installations. Bemz makes custom sewn covers for IKEA sofa’s and armchairs  in hundreds of high end fabrics. They recently also launched their furniture legs to be able to completely reflect your own personal style when it comes to your sofa. The process is easy. Wether you already have an IKEA sofa in your house or you are shopping for a new one, you simply just look up the sofa name and check what covers Bemz offers for it. You can order free fabric samples if you are a ‘touchy-feely’ kind of person like we are.

A new home was a clean slate so when we were deciding on a sofa for the house, I went a bit out on a limb. I chose a kids & couch potato friendly sofa at IKEA and because brown is back (it is very on trend at the moment) I decided to get on board, making our new sofa a warm and welcoming place to chill out.

You might have seen it in my home tour and on my Instagram feed already, it is a winner. This sofa is the perfect example of combining comfort, affordability and beauty.

Shop the look: IKEA Söderhamn 3-seater | Bemz Loose Fit Urban | Color Sage Brown washed linen

IKEA BILLY’s BIRTHDAY BASH

It is someones 40th birthday and we are so happy to be part of the celebration!

Growing up, ‘BILLY’ was a household name as almost everyone had an IKEA’s BILLY somewhere in their house. The name, for once being not a typical unpronounceable Swedish one, allowed us all to refer to our shelving unit as a family member.

Already forty years ago, IKEA launched this set of flat packed shelves. Although officially named ‘Billy the Bookcase’, these shelves have been used for much more then just books.

The BILLY is a blank canvas for creativity. You can style it as you want and use it where you need it. Where 40 years ago it was a standard white version, BILLY now comes in a range of finishes and different sizes. Doors can be added, giving it a whole other look and feel. Even after all this time, the minimalist design allows it to fit in with every style.

We have chosen to celebrate BILLY’s 40th birthday by focusing on it’s versatility. A ‘who wore it best’ competition  where we worked with two differently styled BILLY cabinets. For both set ups we first created one cabinet from different units. As you can see, they have different widths and sizes. We deliberately choose to put the shelves on different heights to create a playful effect.

The first BILLY  shelf is an arty eye catcher in a living room. As the wall was already in a soft pink, we used the same color on the BILLY.  By leaving out the back side of the cabinet you get a sleek tone on tone effect. Some contrasting black, brown and burgendy accessories give the pink tones a bit more edge.  Furthermore you can pick and choose exactly which products you want to display. Our advise: Less is more.

The second cabinet is in a kids room. Again, we painted the BILLY in the same teal blue as the wall, leaving out the back side and playing around with the shelf hight. This blue goes so beautifully with natural colors and a rusty red. Add some storage basket, display some of their books and beautiful toys and you are ready to go

As you can see you can easily change the look and feel of the same BILLY by merely changing the color and playing around with the accessories. So now it is up to you to decide: Who wore it best?

Are you inspired to turn your BILLY into something unique? Play around with color and make a #shelfie. Tag @ikeauae for a chance to win an IKEA voucher of AED 350. The winner will be announced mid April on the @ikeauae Instagram page. Good luck!

You can find the article at Ikea BILLY BOOKCASEBILLY/ BOTTNA

Styling and Photography Live Loud Girl

 

ROOM INSTALLATION – YOUNG ADULT

Although time flies by so fast that we are practically thinking about our Christmas decorations again, we kicked off this year with a room for a young adult. We absolutely love doing adult spaces and have been working on quite a few lately. Due to the fact that we once started with kids rooms sometimes gives the impression that that’s all we do yet we love mixing it up now.

The space we styled last week is  for a 17 year old gentleman. We begun with a beautiful dark yet warm grey on the walls. As we have mentioned before, painting a wall (or if you really want to be bold: all walls) will instantly change the vibe of the room. For a young adult, this Elegant Grey (Jotun 1434) is a versatile, strong and steady color.

We are very eager to show you the custom made cabinet in this room. We are developing a few furniture pieces with the Live Loud Girl signature in collaboration with a local carpenter. Goal is to be selling theses furniture pieces and to use them in our room designs as often as we can. The cabinet is made a high quality plywood.  Basic yet sleek making sure this storage space and one of the key elements in the room.
The wall color, the natural wood and the deep red Rozenkelim rug for us is a winning combination. With the two loungers which were already part of the original room design, this side of the room will be very popular.

On the opposite side you can find the large bed with 3 prints. The great thing about prints is that it is one of the best ways to update a room. Whenever kids or adults grow out of something you can change prints without touching anything else. And with so many great designers out there, it is a matter of choosing your favorites.

Last but not least we added a little #LLGHacksIkea 

With the use of just one leg of the Ikea FROSTA stool we created a holder for the burgendy &Tradition light which is in the same color as the custom made cabinet. The light is quit big for a wall light so we needed a holder on the wall to give it space to hang.
How? Just drill two small holes in the FROSTA leg, pull through the cable and reconnect the plug. This can obviously be done with other lights as well.
Are you inspired? Please show us your result on instagram and add #LLGHacksIkea 

What a great start of the year we had with installing this beautiful space. The room is ready and we are fired up for the next installation…

COFFEE TIME

Being a coffee enthusiast ánd an interior stylists gives me ample opportunity to make sure my coffee break does not only satisfy my caffeine craving, it also pleases my eyes. Call us  fanatics, but drinking from a certain cup and making the whole counter esthetically look good just makes us very happy.

On a recent sourcing trip we came across some beautiful items that will make our morning coffee breaks a treat for the brain and mind. Even though we are very aware that the  terrazzo look was on trend a few years ago, we still love this pot. It gives my counter a vintage feel together with an old cup that I bought on a market in France.

Like with our installations we love to mix it up. Using items with some heritage and combining them with something new can create another feel. Even though these changes are small, it just makes our coffee moments a little bit better then they already were.

Coffee Nespresso | coffee pot Muuto | mug and sugar pot H&M Home |

 

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